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Claudia de Yong

30 June 2017

Claudia de Yong is a garden designer with over fifteen years experience creating wonderful gardens for her clients. She has also won medals eight times at Hampton Court and numerous other shows. Her Romance in the Ruins garden at BBC Gardeners World Live this year, not only won gold, but was also awarded Best in Show.

Claudia is also one of Genus’ best and most loyal customers. A few days ago she sent us a couple of pictures of herself wearing the trousers, and wrote: “I’m not sure if you saw me on the TV on Gardeners World, but I wore the trousers all through the build and they were great!”

Claudia’s website and blog is at

This is also a good opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you gardeners who have supported Genus and bought our products. When we first started many people told us that nobody would buy trousers specially designed for gardening. You are all testament to our conviction that there was an unmet need out there and it was just a question of getting the product right.

Those of you who have followed Genus since our birth in 2013 will know that it took us a couple of attempts to arrive at the best possible trouser. But now our 3-Season Gardening Trouser for Women and the men’s equivalent, the All-Weather Gardening Trouser, have become the iconic benchmarks of technical clothing for gardening.

Thanks again to all of you.

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The clocks are changing: Short day plants carry on

25 October 2014

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I’ve just received a reminder about the clocks changing back to GMT.  That will be the end of summer then!  Not that you would know it.  This year the Genus garden is still full of flower even so late in the year.  We've beds full of flowering cosmos keeping the sight and feel of summer going very late into the season. 

What accounts for this extended flowering period?  It’s interesting to know that it’s not just down to temperature. Flowering plants divide up into three groups, short day plants, long day plants and day neutral plants.  They might not be reacting to the time shown on our watches, but flowering in short day plants is triggered when there is a longer period of uninterrupted night time darkness.  Short day species include ponsettia, Christmas cactus, chrysanthemumsConversely long day plants see their flowering brought on by short periods of darkness and include plants associated with high summer such as rudbeckia, foxglove, lettuce, spinach, and potatoes. Day neutral plants flower regardless of day length and include tomatoes, petunias, cucumbers, viola, dandelion and sunflowers. 

This phenomenon calledphotoperiodismcan be manipulated, breeders have worked with plants such as spinach to find varieties that have shorter critical day lengths so that flowering is put off and the harvesting period is extended. 

The cosmos doing so well in the Genus garden is obviously a short day plant, so as long as the weather holds out, it will be doing it’s best to flower, on and on and on!

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Thumbs up from Country Living magazine

15 January 2014

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Genus Performance Gardenwear got a great review in Country Living this month.

It seems that more and more people are beginning to appreciate the Genus style of technical clothing for the gardener.

We are sure that wearing high performance clothing for gardening will become the norm in the future.

So, all you gardeners, throw out your old clothes now and experience the comfort and pleasure of Genus clothes.

A big thanks to Country Living.

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Last minute gardening gifts for Christmas

15 December 2013

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As a last minute gardening gift, it's still not too late to place your order for an item from the Genus range, and be sure of getting it delivered before Christmas.

The Genus range of gardening clothes has really taken off this Christmas.  The trousers, gilets and jerseys are all flying out of the door and customers are telling us how pleased they are.

Genus is unique, it is the only brand that offers the combination of performance and style that keen gardeners have been looking for.  So if you're still wondering how to delight the keen gardeners in your family or social circle, look no further.

Gardening trousers for men and women

Lightweight, stretch, durable, and showerproof with pioneering knee and seat protection, and a complement of useful pockets including one for sharp tools.

Windproof gilets for men and women

Windproof, water resistant and extremely flexible, ideal for gardening in most weathers. A unique Cordura lined pocket in the back holds secateurs or knives safely to hand.

Long sleeve jerseys for men and women

Soft touch fabric made out of recycled coffee fibres in two rich colours. A longer body length and longer sleeves for secure cover-up and a thumb loop for wrist protection.


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John Harrison's old gardening trousers

11 December 2013

John Harrison's trousers

John Harrison bought a pair of Genus gardening trousers and took this photo of his old ones before throwing them away.  He says:

"I tend to kneel down when I'm gardening and every single pair of trousers that I have ever worn have torn in the right knee.  You can carry on wearing torn trousers but you just get horribly wet."

I'm really pleased with my Genus trousers because I can kneel down as much as I want and my legs stay completely dry.  And I don't even need a kneeler because the neoprene lining around the knee gives enough protection."

Thanks very much for the feedback, John.  We've just sent you a pair of Genus socks.  Hope you enjoy them too.

If any other gardeners would like to send us a photo of their old gardening clothes, along with their name, address and sock size, we'll give them a free pair of Genus socks.

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Genus is in The Sunday Telegraph

9 December 2013

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The Genus gilet is proving very popular.  The Sunday Telegraph of 8th December includes it in a list of unforgettable gifts to give your nearest and dearest, and says it is an "ideal present for the all-weather gardener".

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Grow It mag features our gilet in its gardener's giftbox

9 December 2013

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The Genus gilet is one of the Christmas gift ideas for gardeners featured in the winter edition of Grow It magazine.


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Yellow Rattle

9 December 2013

Yellow rattleIt was interesting that Monty Don opened today's programme on the Great British Garden Revival with an explanation of how yellow rattle helps wildflower meadows to grow.  It was only two days ago that we sowed yellow rattle seed in the wildflower corner in the Genus garden.

In a wildflower meadow, grasses can overpower the flowers. Yellow rattle is a parasitic plant that attaches its own roots to the roots of grasses and inhibits their growth, so the flowers have a better chance.

Yellow rattle needs a period of cold weather to germinate, so the best time to sow the seed is now, in December.  Around July, the plant produces seeds that "rattle" inside the pod, and only when they have dispersed should the meadow be cut.

To sow the yellow rattle, I first cut the meadow with the mower set quite low, then scattered the seed, and passed over it with the roller to make sure that the seed is in contact with the soil.

I'll now wait to see if we get a good crop.

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Patricia Deacon's old gardening clothes

2 December 2013

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We are asking keen gardeners to send in photos of their old gardening clothes, and in return we're giving them a free pair of Genus socks.

Thanks very much to Patricia Deacon for this wonderful image.  In her words:

"Now you can see why a pair of your gardening trousers is top of my wish list for Christmas!"

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The Telegraph recommends Genus!

2 December 2013

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The Telegraph recommends Genus Performance Gardenwear as a great Christmas gift for gardeners.

The Gardening section of the newspaper on Saturday 30 November featured a brilliant photo of Fiona harvesting potatoes in the Genus garden.  She's wearing the Genus black gardening trousers and the jersey in duck egg blue.

Have a look at the online version -

A big thanks to The Telegraph.

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